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‘Das Schlossportal’ By Ferdinand Knab1881 {{PD}}

We expect a full stop, when Saturn stations retrograde, but often it’s more like we get some paperwork returned with a big red ‘DENIED’ stamped on it. We’re so shocked by the sudden barrier that we don’t really see what in our world has actually come to a halt. We think we see it, but more often than not, what’s really happening is that access is prevented to only one or two things currently in progress that have moving parts, and that may merely be a slow down or delay, not a true denial. It’s in other areas, typically the matters of the House Saturn is currently transiting, that we may suffer a true denial, a permanent removal or a potential dashed on the rocks of Saturnian reality.

What may make this especially frustrating is the way we are full tilt headed toward ambition fulfillment. We’ve made efforts, worked hard, taken responsibility for fulfilling our own desires–and yet we must remember that if Saturn denies us this, it is likely temporary; our hard work will pay off, later or in some other way.

The other thing that may frustrate is perception. Our thoughts follow the grooves worn by hurt and our attention turns repeatedly to what bounty, largesse, or expansion we see others have but find difficult to grasp ourselves–though we have a comfort in knowing that our own previous proactive stance will pay off, though probably not in especially direct ways. Instead we may find a problem falls away, or someone else’s mo jo slides and we get a break, or something previously ignored or denied no longer need be. It all works out, but I can almost guarantee you’ll end the day with a whole different viewpoint than you started it.

(Saturn stations retrograde, Mars trine Zeus, Mercury parallel Chiron, Sun sesq Jupiter, parallel Juno, and contra-parallel Black Moon Lilith)

Setting the table for your year ahead. Art by Peter Ilsted {{PD}}

For those born with the Sun at 9 Taurus. Check your natal chart for the correct Sun degree (you may want to read both the degree number and the one that follows, if you have minutes on your Sun position–that offers a more complete picture of your year ahead). Dear Taurus, has it seemed lately as if emotional matters are tying themselves up with a neat little bow, easy easy easy? Or does it feel as if they are becoming thinner, as if the associated emotions might just disappear? Whichever it is, you need to know that this Solar year, through to your next birthday, offers the perfect circumstances during which to find Love in just the form, style, and amount you crave. That’s great, yes? The price, one you’ve shied away from paying before, might be this: you must let your imagination have free rein, allow it to call the shots, allow it to admit to what you really want. So, easy and not so, right? Good luck!